Fair accident in Conn. was caused by worn-out gears

10/17/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Chance Rides, successor of the manufacturer of the "Zumur" swing ride that injured 13 guests during a Connecticut fair in September, found that the incident was caused by worn-out gears inside the ride's hydraulic motor. "It wore out over 30 years. Had it been kept properly adjusted, the accident wouldn't have happened," said Jeff Roth, Chance Rides' vice president of administration. Richard Stewart, head of "Zumur" owner Stewart Amusement Co., said his company was unaware of any maintenance specifications for adjustment of the gears.

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